College Volleyball Star Chooses to Redshirt Senior Season to Focus on Basketball

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIAugust 9, 2013

Photo courtesy of BYUtv
Photo courtesy of BYUtv

BYU's Jennifer Hamson was an absolute terror on the court last season as a junior. The 6'7" opposite totaled 458 kills with a 4.09 kills-per-set average and a .362 hitting percentage.  She also added 328 blocks and 206 digs en route to helping lead the Cougars to a 28-4 record, a share of the West Coast Conference title and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Her performance didn't go unnoticed, as she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Hopes were high for Hamson as she prepared to return for her senior season. 

Those hopes will have to be postponed now, as Hamson announced this week that she will be redshirting this upcoming season and will play out her final year of eligibility in 2014, according to Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune.

What could cause a first-team All-American to postpone her final year of eligibility?

In Hamson's case, her outstanding talent was actually the cause.

Hamson is also a star center on BYU's basketball team.  She led the WCC in blocks, was second in rebounds, fourth in field-goal percentage and 10th in points in the conference.  That led to her being named to the WCC all-conference team.

Being a two-sport athlete in college is difficult enough.  Being the star player for two different sports teams at your college is nearly impossible.

Hamson chose to separate her senior seasons for the two sports in order to give each the focus they deserve, and to preserve herself.

While Hamson's problem may be fairly unique, she was able to come up with a solution that works.

BYU fans may be sad to see their First-Team All-American sit out this season, but Hamson did what was best for her and both of her teams.